Can the Rangers find the Yellow Emissary before the Empyreals do? And will the universe survive if they don’t? Your Major Spoilers review of Power Rangers #11 from BOOM! Studios awaits!
POWER RANGERS #11
Writer: Ryan Parrott
Artist: Francesco Mortarino
Colorist: Raul Angulo/Jose Enrique Fernandez
Letterer: Ed Dukeshire
Editor: Dafna Pleban
Publisher: BOOM! Studios
Cover Price: $3.99
Release Date: September 15, 2021
Previously in Power Rangers: Will the Omega Rangers be able to enlist the last Emissary to help to defeat the Empyreals? The Omega Rangers attempt to question the enigmatic Yellow Emissary, who may know the secret of the Empyreals undoing. But even if they can convince the Yellow Emissary to help, it may be too late if Drakkon isn’t on the same page…
IN THE DEPTHS OF SPACE
The Omega Rangers, Xi, and Drakkon arrive in a literal dead zone, a sector of space without even radiation or random particles. Still, Trini’s connection to the Morphing Grid tells her that the Yellow Emissary from whom her powers flow is here, and the team teleports down into what seems like nothing… only to find an abandoned world. While they seek out the last Emissary, Drakkon breaks free of his restraining collar and contacts the creatures with whom he’s secretly been working: The Empyreals! Drakkon morphs and attacks Xi, cutting the robot to pieces, while the Emissary and the Omegas face off against the two cosmic monsters, only for Yellow Emissary to step in. As Power Rangers #11 closes, he reminds Trini that he foresaw this, and that one of them would not survive the day.
And then, the murder.
TECHNICALLY, IT LOOKS LIKE TWO MURDERS
Power Rangers #11 suddenly ups the ante in the ongoing Empyreal saga in a really unexpected way, revealing that the Empyreals are actually the remains of the already dead Red and Blue Emissaries, sorta… maybe. The inevitable betrayal by Lord Drakkon even felt surprising in its timing, as even Xi had started to trust him a little bit. The visuals are good, as usual, especially the warping effect of the Emissary (who cycles through the various Yellow Rangers of history a little at a time) and the battle sequences. Trini being the driving force of this issue makes sense as well, and she gets a little special attention visually. I am a little bit bugged by Zack’s Black armor repeatedly being colored as blue, but the good parts of the story carry readers through to the shocking ending and the inevitable carnage that’s about to follow.
BOTTOM LINE: THINGS ARE GETTING DANGEROUS
The story has simmered long enough, and Power Rangers #11 brings it to a boil, with some impressive swerves combining with strong art (and a creepy new look for Lord Drakkon) for an issue that has terrible implications for all the Ranger teams, earning 3.5 out of 5 stars overall. Now we wait to see whether or not the Power Rangers survive the experience.
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POWER RANGERS #11
The Empyreal mystery stands revealed, but the cost is high. Also: Never trust Lord Drakkon.